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My Travel Guide to Laos: How to See and Do More in This Amazing Country

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 30 April 2019

Laos was once a hidden gem of Southeast Asia but is getting more crowded by the day. After a bit of research, I knew that travelling on a group tour with Stray Asia would be perfect and really take me off the beaten track in Laos. Check out my guide to Laos.

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The slow boat in Laos

Best way to get from Thailand to Laos? Skip the soulless flights or crowded busses. Choose adventure instead!

By Emily / 4 February 2019

If you’re backpacking in Southeast Asia, naturally the next country to visit after Thailand is Laos. You might be wondering how to get from Thailand to Laos and be considering your options. You could take a soulless flight or a crowded bus. Or you can choose adventure and travel by slow boat along the Mekong River.

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A Love Letter From The Road: Welsh travellers exploring South-East Asia [review]

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 16 January 2019

Welsh couple Bethyn and Gerwyn recently travelled Asia on a Stray Asia Tour, where they experienced the best of Thailand and Laos. Luckily for us, they got in touch afterwards, and let us know just what is so special about travelling in these countries with Stray.

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How to have 48 amazing hours in Vang Vieng as an adventure-loving traveller

By Emily / 29 November 2018

Ah, Vang Vieng. Considered by many to be the highlight destination in Laos on the famous “Banana Pancake Trail” through Southeast Asia. Vang Vieng is home to adventurous outdoor activities set amongst gorgeous natural scenery.

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Lone Buffalo, Laos – A Foundation for the Future

By Emily / 20 July 2018

At Stray, we believe that travel is a two-way exchange between travellers and locals. It’s important for us to give back to local communities in return for the incredible things that they teach us about their cultures. Find out more about Lone Buffalo, a not-for-profit school in Laos and how Stray makes a difference with […]

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3 Places in South-East Asia that Will Change How You View the World

By Emily / 18 May 2018

South-East Asia is also steeped in a dark and violent history, things that you might not have been exposed to in Western society, but once you visit these places on your travels, and hear the stories, the lessons of this history will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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SAE LAO Farm, Vieng, Laos

Life is slower in Laos: time to relax and to appreciate the little things in life

By Emily / 13 March 2018

As you cross the border into Laos, something instantly feels different. The busy life we’re used to back home has changed to a more relaxed lifestyle where we are able to see and appreciate the little things in life. Life surely is slower in Laos.

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Often overlooked yet so amazing: 6 reasons to travel to Laos as soon as it is possible

By Emily / 21 February 2018

With its hidden caves, lush jungles, terraced rice paddies and rural villages it has all the potential to be a contender in the running for your favourite SE Asia destination yet. Here are just 6 reasons why, if you’re planning your Southeast Asian adventure, you simply can’t skip Laos!

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A Guide to the Best Authentic Asian Cuisine. Take your Taste Buds on a Heavenly Trip

By Emily / 14 August 2017

South-East Asia is a feast for the senses, it’s the prospect of an actual culinary feast that’s at the forefront of our minds. Southeast Asia is a food lover’s dream with countless options to tempt the taste buds. This is our list of the best authentic dishes or street food in Asian cuisine.

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Punakha Dzong Monastery, one of the largest monestary in Asia, Punakha, Bhutan

Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Clarke!

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 13 July 2017

Done straying in New Zealand? Where can you go next? Luckily the Stray Universe is an ever-expanding entity, so there are heaps of options. Check out this travel story from Clarke who decided to stray Asia after finishing his work & travel holiday in New Zealand.

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Making a difference at the Laos Homestay Village

By Emily / 1 June 2017

Nestled on the banks of the mighty Mekong River in northern Laos sits the tiny village of Ban Pak Nguey, location of Stray’s Laos village homestay. Over the past 3 years, this rural community has hosted Stray travellers from all over the world.

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Stray Days – stories from the road. Straying with Remy!

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 19 April 2017

This month we’re Straying with Remy-Leigh McCoy Glendinning from England. He wanted to escape the daily routine of work, so he dropped everything and travelled to Asia. Check out his story.

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The elephant in the room… Elephant experiences in Asia: yes or no?

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 6 April 2017

Elephants have long since been my favourite animals. I am not sure what attracts me to them but I know my first teddy was an Elephant called Ellie and I still have him 23 years on. For those heading to Southeast Asia the opportunity to meet one of these majestic gentle giants is often quite […]

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Expert Advice For Your First Time In Southeast Asia

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 30 March 2017

We’ve all been there. You’ve booked your trip to Asia, and then you start thinking about it as it’s fast becoming a reality. What will it be like there? Will I eat weird food? Will it be safe? Do I need to speak any of the languages? Well, fear not, we have the answers for […]

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Luang Prabang, Laos, Alms Ceremony

10 Things To Do in Luang Prabang to Make it the Best Experience of your Laos Trip!

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 20 December 2016

Luang Prabang surely will be one of your highlights travelling through Laos. Wondering what to do in Luang Prabang? Here is a list of my 10 favourite places and activities in Luang Prabang.

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